Students Come First
4:39 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Otter Wants Group To Study Idaho Education Options

Butch Otter
Credit State of Idaho

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has asked the State Board of Education to shepherd a statewide discussion about improving education for students.

Otter said Thursday a broadly representative group of Idahoans yet to be selected will study options that could lead to changes without lawmakers creating new laws.

But he says if the group determines legislation is necessary, lawmakers could take up the ideas in 2014.

Otter's decision to form the group follows the rejection by voters in November of all the laws passed in 2011 to change teacher contract negotiations, reward teachers for student achievement and integrate more online learning into high school classrooms.

Otter says he won't direct the discussion, but is committed to equal access to opportunity for children and increasing support for educators.